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David Greathouse

10 Producers to Watch

Breakthrough pic: “Even Money”

What I learned the hard way: “It’s always better to be honest. If you try to lie your way out of a problem, sooner or later everyone finds out.”

A year after Greathouse graduated from Pepperdine, Scott Rudin had a job opening, and Greathouse got a front-row seat to some very big movie productions — “The Truman Show,” “Ransom,” “First Wives Club,” “In and Out” and “Simple Plan.”

On “Twilight,” he found a mentor in Robert Benson and worked for him as a production executive. Then he moved on to an alternate universe — Stan Winston’s shop as VP of production, overseeing five genre films for HBO’s revival of “The Creature Features.”

But Greathouse’s break came from the same sort of guy as himself, working his way up the ladder. Teaming with Neal Marshall Stevens, one of the writers for the HBO project, they wrote a script that sold to Dimension for the “Hellraiser” series.

And now, “He has become one of hottest genre writers in town ,” says Greathouse. And so their next project together, “Molly’s World,” is a big-budget project set up at New Line for Michael Bay to direct.

He found his next project, by tyro Robert Tannen, through a writers group. The script focused on a band of inveterate gamblers. “He wasn’t getting anywhere so I told him to send me the script. I fell in love with it,” says Greathouse. He signed Mark Rydell to direct “Even Money,” and they got Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito attached to star. Then Bob Yari Prods. came on to finance.

“David has a way of handling things that brings everything together without emotional turmoil,” says Yari. “He learned technical skills from Scott, but he’s got this demeanor that is conducive to smooth-flowing sets. ”

Next, Greathouse will produce three genre films for Odd Lot: “Living Hell” by Richard Jeffries; “The Crevice” by Neil Marshall Stevens; and “The Hunting Lodge.” He also is developing the book “Sellevision” by Augusten Burroughs.